EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After missing a penalty shot early
in overtime, all Patrik Elias wanted was a second chance.
Unfortunately for the New York Islanders, he got it.
Elias worked a perfect give-and-go with Scott Gomez and scored
into an empty net at 2:09 of the extra period to give the New
Jersey Devils a 1-0 victory over goaltender Garth Snow and the
Islanders on Wednesday night.
"I don't mind that I missed now, obviously," Elias quipped
after his goal gave Martin Brodeur his league-high sixth shutout of
the season and the 70th of his career.
"I just wanted to get out there again and get that goal,"
Elias said. "I made the right play but he (Snow), I wouldn't say
made an outstanding save, but he stayed with it and I didn't make
the perfect play."
Elias came at Snow on an angle on his penalty shot. He tried to
deke the big goaltender and beat him with a backhand shot.
Snow wasn't fooled.
"It's a little bit of a bluff," said Snow, who made 34 saves.
"It was a good move and I got a pad on it."
Elias also had the Devils' last penalty shot on Dec. 1, 2000. He
was stopped by John Vanbiesbrouck of the Islanders in a 0-0 tie,
also in overtime.
Snow never had a chance on the winner. Elias carried the puck
into the Islanders' zone, dropped a pass for Gomez and then spun
and went to the net. Two Islanders picked up Devils defenseman
Scott Stevens joining the play and Gomez sent a return pass to a
He was as wide open as the net.
"All I had to do was get it over to Patty," Gomez said.
"It feels like a loss," Snow said. "The only solace is that
we did get a point, but this feels like a loss."
Brodeur only stopped 18 shots, but made a fabulous save on a
rebound attempt by Alexei Yashin late in the third period with the
Islanders on their only power play. Brodeur has shut out the
Islanders three straight times, including the first two meetings
this season and the teams' final meeting of last season.
"I usually never think about shutout, but with 10 minutes left
in the game I knew I was going to have to do it for us to win,"
The Devils are 7-0-1 in their last eight games with the
Islanders, winning four on shutouts.
Snow faced 25 shots in the first two period and made at least 10
excellent saves. He made consecutive stops on Erik Rasmussen and
Jeff Friesen in the first period when he slid from side-to-side. He
also had good stops on two shots from the point by rookie
defenseman David Hale in the second period, and consecutive stops
on a shot by Jay Pandolfo and the ensuing rebound by Brian Gionta.
A bad-angle shot by Mike Rupp was reviewed, but video replays
showed the puck didn't cross the goal line.
The Islanders picked up their game in the third period, when
they had nine shots. Brodeur made a good glove save on Yashin early
in the period and another on Adrian Aucoin breaking in from the
The Devils recalled G Ari Ahonen from Albany of the AHL on
an emergency basis after backup Corey Schwab aggravated a groin
injury. ... New Jersey D Colin White (knee) and RW Turner Stevenson
(groin) also were out. ... Islanders C Jason Blake played in his